Category Archives: 1940s

Dead of Night (1945) – Review 2

Grade: B

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that weshould voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of ourfrightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peaceand safety of a new dark age.” – The Call of Cthulhu Continue reading


Dead of Night (1945) – Review 1

Dead of Night

Grade: B

I debated whether or not to open my review with a video of the Twilight Zone intro. I decided against it because it didn’t have the same affect as it would have if I was able to pair it up with a trailer for Dead of Night, which unfortunately doesn’t exist. But the point stands. As the film started, I could only think how much it reminded me of Twilight Zone. And I suppose that makes sense since Twilight Zone is a science fiction/horror/mystery/suspense anthology show and Dead of Night is, by all accounts, the film that started the horror anthology genre. And what makes Dead of Night a great horror film is that it creates quality suspense throughout most of the film. Continue reading

The Wolf Man (1941) and The Wolfman (2010) – Review 2

Original: C-

Remake: C+

“Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright.”

I must open with an apology.  Life has been a bit hectic for the last week, so this review is thus a week late.  What this allowed for though was a second viewing of The Wolf Man.  So, hopefully that will turn into good things for my three loyal readers.

The Wolf Man (1941), directed by George Waggner, is the classic Hollywood horror film that defined the silver screen werewolf.  And The Wolfman (2010), directed by Joe Johnston (soon to bring us Captain America), is the modern re-imagination of the classic film.  They follow the same basic plot, but the films are polar opposites in execution. Continue reading

The Wolf Man (1941) and The Wolfman (2010) – Review 1

Original: B-

Remake: C

This marks our first foray into our analysis of the original film and its modern remake, and this is a doozy of a one to review.  In fact, even with a day to reflect on both viewing experiences, I’m not quite sure what to make of either film.  Both films are flawed in various respects, but I did find myself enjoying The Wolf Man (1941) over The Wolfman (2010). But let’s dive in, shall we? Continue reading